Podcast Episode 2: Civil War Mourning with Samantha McCarty
May 11, 2017
We’re excited to announce our “second” episode of Fashion History with American Duchess! Today, we are chatting with the lovely Samantha McCarty of The Couture Courtesan all about mourning dress during the American Civil War. I (Abby) have been lucky enough to listen to Samantha lecture on this subject on two separate occasions, and I still was completely enthralled by the wealth of knowledge that Samantha shared on the subject for the podcast.
Samantha in Half-Mourning while attending Gettysburg Remembrance Day
Here are some example images & links to fabrics so you can make your own mourning attire:
Click Here to buy a modern (silk) crape substitute that Samantha recommends.
UnknownMay 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM
This was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed listening to it.
Time Traveling in CostumeMay 15, 2017 at 11:39 PM
I enjoyed listening while I was sewing.
Mylene RichardMay 17, 2017 at 1:20 AM
About the purple color, it's the darkest color, opposite to the sunny yellow. It might be why it was a good choice for half-mourning.
Also, in 1857 the first man-made dye became available, mauveine. It was a lot cheaper than getting purple pigment out of a specific shells in Europe, so it get really popular. Even the queen Victoria was wearing a dress dyed with it at the Royal Exhibition in 1862.
It fell out of fashion at the end of the 1860's so at the time of the civil war, 1861 to 1865, it was all the rage.
More info : http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/motm/perkin.html
Château de BrouillonOctober 24, 2019 at 11:28 AM
As for the symbolism of purple, could it have been the most appropriate color for half mourning because of the fact that it's the color of healing bruises and wounds ?